The last several months have flown by faster than usual. We have been working mainly on bicycles for Christmas and have not had much time to blink. During November we had a couple different groups visit the shop for work nights. It is always a lot of fun when we have these big groups at one time. Everyone gets to learn a little about each stage of the bicycle redo process as we switch up stations during the night.
The picture above is one of the bicycles we recently gave away. I had received a phone call from one of the boys in the picture who had been looking for a bicycle for one of their friends. This friend's family has been going through a hard time and does not have extra money for a bicycle. They all wanted him to have one so he could ride around the neighborhood with them and one day they walked past our building and saw our sign. They called and asked if we could help and were so thankful when we said yes. It was really neat to see a group of young teens looking out for a friend and to be so excited to see that friend receive help. It really made me step back and think on my own life and how I react to friends that I have in need. It seems that more often than not, I find myself with the excuse of being to busy to even notice the ones I know in need, may these kids be a lesson to me and all others.
As always, we need everyone's help with finding groups to come to the shop. We are hoping to find youth groups, men or women groups(all ages), school groups, team sport groups, or any other organization that would like to bring a group to the shop. If you are part of a group, or if you have a kid/teenager involved in a group activity, please try to talk to the person in charge and see if they would consider bringing the group to the shop to help out with these bikes. If we are able to get just a few groups each month it will help us make incredible progress on these bicycles.
As we continue this new year, we have a few specific needs that we need met. With the expansion, our monthly bills will increase and we trust God in providing people who can commit to supporting us monthly. God is able to use anything given, with a willing heart, to grow and continue to bless this ministry and the people in Baldwin County. We are a 501-C 3 organization, so your donations will be tax deductible.
If you are a regular volunteer, thank you so much... please continue to serve with us. If you have not made it, please make time and come see what it is all about. If you have any open dates available, or if you know a group that would like to schedule a work night other than a Tuesday or Thursday, please CONTACT US! We could use the help!
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